Halloween Challenge Day 5: Monster Mouths

I actaully took these pictures  a few years ago, and my kids like them so much I repeat them each year. They have enjoyed making their own faces so now I just set out the ingredients and let them go at it. They are fun and easy, perfect to make if you plan on having a Halloween Party with kids!

Ingredients for Monster Mouths 
Prepared Jumbo pasta shells as directed to package.
1 med onion chopped
4 slices bacon , chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
4 slices of American cheese chopped (I used shredded sharp cheese)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Decorating items- baby carrots, small pickles, olives, peppers sliced cheese & whatever else you have on hand that may be useful.
-Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking dish.
-Heat oil in a large skillet of med. heat. Add onion and bacon, cook until onion is tender. Add beef, cook and stir about 5 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into cooked shells. Place on prepared baking dish Bake 3-5 minutes or until hot. (I skipped the oven part, and just spooned beef into shells when they were finished cooking. I also added peppers to the beef, as well as green onions and some taco seasonings. I bet you could prepare sloppy Joe’s and be able to come out with the very same thing, just be aware of more saucy mess to deal with 🙂
To decorate-
Cut carrots into thin strips, to use in the middle of the olives for eyes. Cut bell pepper into fang shapes for teeth. Slice pickle lenghtwise to make a tongue, and cut cheese into teeth shapes.
 This is from a magazine I got, which has NO cover. I have no idea where this came from, and I’ve tried looking up up. No luck, if anyone knows let me know so I can post a link. 

 This is what I came up with, using bell peppers for arms, as well as teeth and even a tongue, olives for eyes, cheese for teeth, Peas for teeth, sweet tomatoes for eyes, and cut green beans for a tongue 🙂 Whatever you have, try to use it with these, it’s alot of fun!